Eudamed Database for Medical Devices in Europe: EU MDR requirements

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Eudamed is a database that will be used to monitor both the safety and performance of medical devices distributed in Europe. It will be a great tool to improve quality, transparency and regulatory operations for medical devices manufacturer.  

The European Commission decided that its database of medical device information (Eudamed) will be onlineonce all modules are fully functional, so the commission has decided to launch the database simultaneously for both medical devices and in-vitro diagnostics in May 2022.

A Commission spokesperson said the delay will now coincide with the implementation date of the in-vitro diagnostic regulation to make sure all systems are in sync.

Eudamed database will be used for a lots of different functions, in particular: 

  • Registration of devices
  • UDI-database
  • Registration of economic operators
  • Notified bodies accreditation and certificates
  • Clinical investigations
  • Vigilance and post-market surveillance
  • Market surveillance

In principle Eudamed database has different goals. The most important ones are the following: 

  • Enable the public to be informed about the medical devices currently on the market, including their manufactures and certificates. 
  • To ensure that UDI-related information is available
  • Ensure the public is informed about clinical investigation 

From the regulation point of view, the functions of the EUDAMED are mentioned in Article  33 of EU MDR 2017/745, where it is reported: 

Eudamed shall include the following electronic systems:

(a) the electronic system for registration of devices referred to in Article 29(4);(b) the UDI-database referred to in Article 28; (c) the electronic system on registration of economic operators referred to in Article 30; (d) the electronic system on notified bodies and on certificates referred to in Article 57; (e) the electronic system on clinical investigations referred to in Article 73; (f) the electronic system on vigilance and post-market surveillance referred to in Article 92; (g) the electronic system on market surveillance referred to in Article 100.

Regarding the registration of UDI-related information in the EUDAMED database, recently the European Commission established UDI and Device Datasets for Medical Device and In-Vitro Diagnostic devices: all the information can be found at this link. This is an example of the UDI-related information to be submitted in EUDAMED for Medical Devices:

The registration of UDI information in EudaMed database allows EU to be more alignbed with FDA regulation, where all the UDI information shall be registered in the so-called GUDID database. 

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